Message from the Artist: She had come to me before. This was, in truth, her fourth appearance in 3 years ~ though she’s changed a bit over the years ~ her hair has gained more flair and detail, her body more style.
Each time as she emerged onto a canvas, I was tricked into believeing that she needed a distracted child against her. In the most recent composition, the indifference of their painted relationship, once again, required the child’s removal. In the previous three paintings, the child was removed twice and stayed in the third ~ the distraction stayed as well in this third painting and though I knew from the beginning that that painting was meant to be special, in the end I had trouble connecting with it ~ I had failed to understand the message. To be honest, this painting awaits its finally-decided fate of repainting.
One painting proved successful as a lone woman and has gone off to live with a family. One hides unfinished in my closet. But the woman always starts out the same: she’s confident and eyeing me, testing me.
This new solo woman has enticed me to continue working on her, though I love so much about her, deep down I wondered at the very beginning if she too would end up in the closet. I enjoyed the process of highlighting her skin and defining her bare shoulders and smooth chest. I had determined, while painting her eyes, that she is coming out of apprehension, hiding her nerves with humor and mirth. She is whimsical, and she is a bit of an Earth Mama. Though there seemed, at first, no way to show her role as a mama, I knew from the beginning, somehow, that she was one.
I seriously wondered how this painting would fit in with the rest of my paintings, her being alone and all... Then as I worked on her, I asked her why she’d come again and I wondered about her message. Her expression was unsure, but longed to be something more than indifferent.
Thinking out loud, I realized in only a second that I KNEW her purpose ~ and suddenly two pieces of a puzzle come together in a way that gave me chills… Here is the first piece of the puzzle:
Over the past three years, I’ve been approached by mamas whose motherhood was snuck from them as they lost their precious child at or just before birth. I have listened to their stories and have felt so hard for them. Two mothers in the last week, alone, have contacted me with their stories, and each detail saddens me.
When I was pregnant with my first son, I knew a woman who was also expecting her first child, we communicated via email. When my son was 2 weeks old and sleeping peacefully, I emailed to see how she was enjoying motherhood. She wrote back with a heart-chilling story of giving birth to a baby girl that she new was no longer living. The physical and emotional pain of birthing a beautiful baby that she could only hold for one afternoon.
The distress sent me to my son’s bedroom where I held him and rocked him and tearfully thanked all willing to hear that my son was safe and healthy. My friend’s story changed my life. She has since gone on to have another sweet daughter, and they talk to her of her older sister.
I have wanted to approach this soulful subject matter in a painting for a long time, as a way to honor those free souls, and the mamas whose babies left too soon...
This new woman is the second piece of the puzzle: A true Oh My God moment occurred the night I realized this Earth Mama would carry her child’s spirit and memory in the form of an image, with her always, around her neck and close to her heart. In the form of a talisman.
There was a reason why a child didn’t fit in the composition with the woman whom I knew just had to be a mother ~ she has a non-earth child. As I sketched the large pendant across her open chest, unsure of the exact mother & child image it would contain, my indifferent no-longer-solo woman finally gave me a smile. And now, upon her completion, this Earth Mama shares earth and fire with the sunshine around her neck, despite the blues draping her shoulders.
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••Autographed Art Prints on paper••
Art Prints on paper are created with the finest archival materials to last 100+ years. Premium smooth heavyweight matte (not shiny) paper with an 8-ink archival color process. Archival means the colors are rich, vibrant and fade-proof to last a lifetime. High quality, color resistant prints are signed in pencil on the front right corner.
This is a high quality, color resistant giclee print, signed by the artist in pencil on the front lower right and packaged in an acid-free sleeve. Prints sized 12x12 or smaller are bagged with an acid-free backing board for protection and shipped in a flat stiff mailer. The title of the painting will be written on the back of the board.
**8x10 and 5x7 inch Art prints have a 1/8-inch white border around the image on the paper for handling and framing. Unless you choose a THICK MARGIN print.
THICK MARGIN prints have a 3/4-inch white border around the image that may be a bit wider on two sides depending upon the shape of the painting image (see sample images). In a THICK Margin print, the image is smaller on the paper, and the print can be framed without an additional window mat.
These print sizes fit in standard-sized frames.
13x19 inch prints are created as large as possible on the paper, margins may not be uniform all the way around the image. 13x19 inch prints are packaged in an acid-free sleeve and rolled into a sturdy shipping tube. If your order includes a 13x19 inch print, additional prints may also be rolled.
13x19 inch prints are best custom framed.
••Embellished Art Prints on Paper•• (an option for SOME designs)
A 12x12 inch giclee print on heavyweight paper is embellished to add brush-stroke texture, a special artist’s touch and to make your print unique and one-of-a-kind.
I take your art print to a clean workbench, then adorn it in some areas with original paint using my brushes. I add painted color and some accents that complement the print, enhancing but not modifying the colors of the artwork (unless otherwise arranged). This makes for a more collectible and valuable piece of finished art.
**The 12x12 inch Embellished Art Prints have a 3/4-inch white border around the image that may be a bit wider on two sides depending upon the shape of the image, for handling and framing. Signed by the artist in pencil on the front lower right and packaged in an acid-free sleeve and backing board for protection. The title of the painting will be written on the back of the board.
Embellished Art Prints are carefully wrapped in paper then shipped flat in a stiff mailer with free goodies, of course. Embellished Art Prints are not rolled. Please allow an extra day for the Embellishing process before I sign and ship your piece.
••Stretched Canvas Prints••
Canvas prints are professionally printed on high quality cotton canvas for amazing sharpness and quality, then stretched over 1-1/2-inch wooden bars. The 1-1/2-inch edges are printed in a rich dark color that complements the print.
Stretched Canvas Prints are the closest option you can get to an original painting.
Stretched Canvas Prints are wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box direct from my photo lab (not from my studio). They arrive ready to hang, with no framing necessary.
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Sincerely, Katie m. Berggren